Moscow views Georgian vote outcome as showing people's desire for change

Moscow views the preliminary outcomes of the Monday parliamentary elections in Georgia as a sign that Georgian society wants changes, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

"It is obvious that Georgian society has voted for changes. We hope that they will ultimately help Georgia start normalizing its relations with its neighbors and making them constructive and respectful. Russia would certainly welcome this development of events," Lukashevich said in reply to a question from the media regarding the preliminary outcomes of the elections in Georgia.

Russia has closely followed preparations for the Georgian elections and the elections themselves, he said.

"We see their results as the voters' judgment about the socioeconomic situation, the condition of democracy and human rights in the country, and the incumbent Georgian leadership's policy on security in the South Caucasus," Lukashevich said.

It was reported earlier citing preliminary outcomes that the opposition coalition Georgian Dream led by Bidzina Ivanishvili won the parliamentary elections.

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